, Volume 193, Issue 1, pp 305-313

Liver regeneration in rats after complete and partial occlusion of the portal blood influx

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The role of portal blood influx in liver regeneration was studied in rats. Partial hepatectomy with removal of 45% of the liver mass was performed after end-to-side portacaval shunt (PCS) leading to complete diversion of portal blood from the liver, or after side-to-side PCS causing partial portal blood deprivation. Liver resection was limited to 45% to avoid the high mortality rate in rats with vascular anastomoses and 70% hepatectomy, but it did not change the pattern of liver regeneration. The total RNA and DNA content, the rate of DNA synthesis and the number of hepatocyte mitoses in regenerating liver were measured in comparison to sham-operated controls. Complete occlusion of the portal blood influx did not block hepatoproliferative response, but caused a significant decrease and delay of regeneration. Partial preservation of portal flow in rats with side-to-side PCS markedly improved liver regeneration in comparison to end-to-side PCS, but the process was slower than in the control group.